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65 . "Shabbat Shuva" sermon in the handwriting of the Chatam Sofer

The first section of a Shabbat Shuva sermon, Parshat Haazinu [1813], in the handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Sofer, the "Chatam Sofer." Printed in Chiddushei Chatam Sofer on Tractate Kiddushin, leaf 73a.

Specifications: [6] pages. 23x19 cm. About 180 lines in his handwriting, all clear and legible.

Unique features: Handwritten by the Chatam Sofer. The sermon primarily discusses uncertainties in Kiddushin and related subjects in "Asara Yuchsin," and branches out to "everything that relates to 'sfeika d'oraysa' [Biblical uncertainties]," as he noted at the beginning.
There are also a number of comments that the Chatam Sofer wrote in the margins; additions of sources and some corrections. The original and corrections provide a window into the Chatam Sofer's manner of writing and studying this sugya.

Background: The Chatam Sofer wrote his lectures, novellae and halachic responses in an organized fashion. In one of his noted letters, he remarks: "I write with ink everything that Hashem granted me, both in halacha and aggada, and I leave them available for everyone who wants to copy can come and copy, and that is what those before me did before the press."
The Chatam Sofer was unique in the novellae he wrote, as he wrote the novellae on complete sugyot in an organized manner. His descendants and disciples had a strong love for his Torah thoughts, so preserved his many writings as a segula for fear of Heaven and Divine salvation.

Condition: Fine-very fine. Minimal stains and small holes from the acidity of the ink. Elegant leather binding.

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$50,000 - $60,000
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$30,000
$57,600
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